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  1. #1
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    Default Queen cells into laying worker colony

    If you put queen cells into a laying worker colony, what will happen? The laying worker tries to swarm with some of the bees? The laying worker will kill the cells? The laying worker will get superseded?
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    Default Re: Queen cells into laying worker colony

    I've never tried it, but if I did, I'd put it in with a frame of open larva. I think I'd put in a frame of open larva for 3 days and then insert the queen cell ready to emerge. As to your questions and forecasts... I think they would not swarm, but would either accept the virgin or kill her.

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    Default Re: Queen cells into laying worker colony

    I'll put my money on the queen.

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    Drew

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    Default Re: Queen cells into laying worker colony

    As a queen breeder, I encounter laying worker mating nucs all the time. If the nuc rejects the cell I give them twice in a row, without winding up with a laying queen, they'll have laying workers. My solution is to re-cell them. More often than not, the cell will be accepted and the nuc will be queen-right 16 days later.

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    Default Re: Queen cells into laying worker colony

    In my experience they will accept the new queen most but not all of the time.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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